A group of women (one from each of the bigger Allied countries) is held by Nazis in Shanghai, who have developed a super weapon more devastating than the atomic bomb. A flash video version of this film is also available from the URLs below. Web Page FLV file Right Click to Download
Reviewer:Fireball Steve Zodiac
October 29, 2007 Subject:
Lots of double meaning, intrigue, alt lifestyle overtones
And its a miasma of unusual, perhaps even mis-matched locales, peoples, ideas. Its the end of WWII, Germany has been defeated, the Nazi Germans on the scene have a cosmic deathray and have at the last minute, instead of giving it to Japan to help Japan end the war, they have decided to keep it for themselves. The setting is Shanghai, but the sets and scenes seem very european, so one wonders through most of the film which country this is taking place in, Japan, or Germany. Then its a group of women being held prisoner in a very posh business-like villa hospital, or a villa-like posh business building thats a hospital. No barracks or scores nor ranks of other prisoners, just this diversified 8 from the local university hospital all working as alien helpers, all of various backgrounds, some professional, some whimsical, some "freelance", all from different major allied powers. They are being held while the local german commandant holds an investigation into the first murder at the university hospital, a murder that arose from one of the women being amorously attacked and she kills her attacker. It makes some left turns, which develops the plot. Two butch women are seen conversing with understanding, "they're a strange pair...". The slapping of females faces dominates about the first 12-15 minutes along with scream squeels to assure us the women have been brutalized, and for some reason grabbing women by the hair is the upfront method prefered for feline control (its a film about atrocities against women). But for as "rough" sounding as this all is, the women all live in the nicest building in town, equipped with its own pub and auditorium it seems, and their agenda seems flexible enough to allow for double crossing, spying and hand wringing, they wear chic clothes, and waltz through every scene like it was Hollywood boulevard in perfect makeup. The story begins with the women being interogated briefly about a death in the university hospital and the aftermath is the ensuing "getting to the bottom of it". The lynchpin of the plot is the later murder and disappearance of one Japanese officer who was to take delivery of plans, and see a working version of the deathray the plans are for. The prisoner women use every moment they can to set-up the evil german commandant's (he's evil, he held them for questioning after all) downfall for when the German field marshall arrives to oversee the commandant's situation. Its got some interesting moments and a lot of plot twists, there's a German officer that is sick from hearing bombs fall and is losing his nerve, one female prisoner being amorously approached by a german officer throws herself out a window, the group of prisoner women are loyal to each other, but then one volunteers to help the Germans, is she loyal or not becomes the question. The film is a deliberate attempt to subsume the ferocity of war atrocities and smooth over any notion that war is brutal, let alone brutal to women, and it kind of declares that this behavior shall not happen again, subjunctive. A propaganda post war piece exploiting atrocities against women, its the story of a secret war weapon whose plot might be a tad of a stretch but where one can see beginnings of certain fetish lifestyles starting to creep in to the social makeup and also making it to the silver screen. SO put on your black boots, and get out the riding crop you worthless human, this tale might be entertaining, we can make it entertaining if we have to. Its kind of like that.
April 9, 2007 Subject: